When I first started interning at RMHC, the House was in the middle of a huge renovation project. Now with construction complete, it almost feels symbolic that my internship is coming to an end. I feel immensely lucky to have been helping out during such a critical time for the organization.

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For the past three years, Kohl’s Visual Merchandising Team has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin by volunteering in a dual Holiday Event through Kohl’s Cares, Associates in Action (AiA) Program. The first of these events involves the setup of holiday trim throughout the House in order to create a fun and festive environment to comfort the families who are currently away from their homes for the holidays. This year we had 12 associates from our team who donated a total of 42 hours of their time! In regards to the decorating, our team brought in and placed over 30 wreaths and trees, hung over 100’ of garland, wrapped over 1500’ of lights around the exterior trees and baked 300 chocolate chip cookies! We had a busy day!!!


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After spending weeks at the Ronald McDonald House watching my 3-year-old granddaughter, I have been encouraged to write a blog post. I spend my days caring for Aadie while my daughter and son-in-law spend time at the NICU in Children’s Hospital learning to care for their new daughter with special needs. It has become apparent that they will have a lot of medical gear to haul around when she comes home.

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I have a confession to make. Despite years of working for nonprofits and years managing retail operations for museums and zoos, I have never really been a consistent, reliable donor to any mission-driven organization. I care tremendously about many causes but I’ve never pushed the “give” button on a monthly or yearly basis for anything. In short, I am not, from the point of view of development or institutional advancement, a reliable donor. Now that I’ve acknowledged this inadequacy, I want to share with you, dear readers, what I’ve learned about mission and passion from the many donors whose gifts I record regularly at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).
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“Our house is a very, very, very fine house, with two dogs in the yard, life used to be so hard, now everything is easy cause of you…..”

I have loved that Crosby Stills and Nash song for as long as I can remember and tonight as I left the House, I kept thinking about the meaning of that song and how much it resonated with me after a night of volunteering. I had to change the cats to dogs because tonight we had not one, but two therapy dogs in the House! McNugget and Sadie were on hand with their handlers to share some doggie love with our families. (Ok, and with me too!)

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RMHC is participating in the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s annual Festival of Trees & Music concert series event taking place November 13-23 at the Conservatory’s historic McIntosh|Goodrich Mansion. The event will feature dozens of student recitals, daily headliners, and more than twenty five trees decorated by local businesses and organizations including an RMHC themed Christmas tree.

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It is bittersweet for the Secret Garden Master Gardeners when our outdoor season comes to a close. We have planted, nurtured and tended to each little leaf. Stephen, our art therapist, tells me we learn to say hello, and we must learn to say good-bye.

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Hi Friends,

I don’t know about you, but has it been really hard to get out of bed lately? It’s been colder and my bed feels so cozy and warm. For a puppy, there’s really no reason to get going in the morning, other than to go potty. And that’s no fun anymore. My paws get wet and cold and my potty spot is covered with leaves. I don’t even like to go outside when it rains. I’ll hold it for hours and hours! Human mom gets worried and thinks there is something wrong with me. She puts my sister’s pink raincoat on me and throws me out the door. I stand there in the rain looking at her in pure betrayal, and then I give in. I scramble to my potty spot as fast as I can before any of the neighborhood dogs see me sporting my girly rain attire.

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It’s Halloween time! That means it’s time to stop apple picking and head to the pumpkin patch. RMHC would like to share some easy Halloween crafts for kids that are both fun and affordable.

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On October 15, RMHC is excited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia, Pa. The story dates back to 1974 when Philadelphia Eagles’ player Fred Hill, decided to come up with a solution to camping out on hospital chairs while his 3-year-old daughter Kim was being treated for leukemia. After connecting with other families at St. Christopher’s Hospital For Children, Hill discovered many families traveled great distances to bring their children in for medical treatments.

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